On the 19th of December, DREAMERs, other migrants, and their allies held a vigil outside the DC Jail for 7 DREAMers and one ally who were being held after a Friday civil disobedience in Congress. They refused to give their names and are on a hunger strike until a clean DREAM act is part of the upcoming budget deal. Three were supposed to be released Tues night but never were.
The vigil was held out of fears that the three would be turned over to ICE instead of being released. The US Capitol Police are not subject to the DC Government's limited sanctuary city provisions and are known to cooperate with ICE. ICE did not appear, protesters kept a watch for any sign of them or their vehicles. Police however were quick to push the press conference back from the jail when the 7-10PM window in which the three were to be released arrived. They then set up a defensive position protecting what appeared to be a single Dept of Corrections minivan that stayed put the entire duration of the vigil. At one point cops stood in a line between it and a police cruiser, in some kind of defensive formation.
As of Wednesday morning the detainees who had given their names and were suppposed to be released had not been, as either the court went back on their word or someone else defied the court, no idea which. Wednesday is the sixth day in jail for all of them.
The next day, a massive civil disobedience demanding that a clean DREAM act be part of the budget ("No Dream No Deal") again rocked the halls of Congress, with hundreds of protesters holding another die-in. The GOP just passed their dirty tax cut for the 1% and tax hike on everyone else and they are already talking about cutting Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. Several targetted Senators, Senator Schumer in particular are being asked to vote NO on any budget deal that does not include a clean DREAM act. The DREAMers have decided the only chance for forcing this GOP Congress to pass a clean DREAM act (no more border militarization etc) is for the Democrats to attach it to the FY2018 budget and refuse to vote for any budget that does not include it. There are fears the GOP will decide to shut down the government (excluding police, prisons, military, etc) rather than accept a budget including the DREAM act but not Trump's wall.